TshwaneDJe Human Language Technology is a private company that develops and offers dictionary- and language-related software and consulting services. TshwaneDJe was co-founded by David Joffe and Prof. Dr. Gilles-Maurice de Schryver (experts in software development and lexicography respectively) in 2002, based on, amongst others, a joint vision of improving the world and bridging cultures through better dictionaries.
Originally based in David Joffe's hometown of Pretoria (of which the traditional African name is 'Tshwane') in South Africa, in 2009 the company moved to Stellenbosch, and as of 2011 is located in Gordon's Bay, South Africa. We have consistently focused on professionalism, world-class quality, and delivering value to our customers. Originally dealing primarily with lexicography, the company has more recently broadened its focus to also cover terminology management software, corpus query software, software tools for translators, and general Language Services.
Our customers include Oxford University Press, Pearson, Longman, Macmillan, the Royal National Academy of Medicine (Spain), Grupo Clarín (Argentina), the Department of Justice (Canada), the Welsh Language Board, the Malaysian Institute of Language and Literature, Van Dale Lexicografie, Le Robert (France), the Royal Spanish Academy, the Institute for Dutch Lexicology (Netherlands), and more.
TshwaneDJe members are also active in academic research and have published many publications »
TshwaneDJe has a BEE Level 4 rating.
Core Team at a Glance
David Joffe (BSc Comp Sci, Univ. of Pretoria) »
Co-founder and owner of TshwaneDJe, and the original creator of the industry-leading TLex dictionary writing system. He has a BSc Computer Science degree and over 20 years' software development and project management experience. He previously built, a.o., a flight simulator visualization system for the South African Air Force, and mining training simulators for Anglo Platinum. He currently manages the development of TLex, in use by major publishers including Oxford University Press and Pearson, as well as the tlTerm terminology management software, tlTranslate Translation Memory software, tlCorpus concordance software, and tlDatabase database software.
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Ing. Gilles-Maurice de Schryver »
• Dr Gilles-Maurice de Schryver is a professor of African linguistics in the department of languages and cultures at Ghent University, where he is active within KongoKing. He is also an extraordinary professor in the department of African languages at the University of Pretoria.
• He holds an MSc in microelectronic engineering (1995), as well as an MA (1999) and PhD (2005) in African languages and cultures. In 2002 he co-founded TshwaneDJe HLT, and in 2006 he was a founding member of African Language Technology.
• Gilles-Maurice de Schryver is the author or co-author of numerous books, articles and conference papers, mainly on corpus and dictionary topics for the African languages.
• He is a past board member and two-term past President of Afrilex (2001-2013), and served on the boards of Euralex (2006-2014), Asialex (2007-2013) and Australex (2008-2013). From 2006 to 2012 he also held an extraordinary professorship at the University of the Western Cape.
Malcolm James MacLeod (BSc Hons Comp Sci, UNISA)
Malcolm is an expert C++ programmer, but also does some occasional PHP. He joined TshwaneDJe in early 2006. He is one of the main developers on TshwaneLex, and is the primary developer of the TLex Electronic Dictionary publishing system, as well as the tlTranslate Translation Memory software. He is also highly experienced with data conversions. Since early 2010, he is managing overall software development and company operations of TshwaneDJe in Stellenbosch.